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Research reveals link between staff wages and Ofsted grading

Today, the Family and Childcare Trust today published a report highlighting a direct correlation between staff pay in nurseries and pre-schools and Ofsted gradings.

The report entitled ‘In for a Pound’ reveals nursery and pre-schools graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted were, on average, paid £1 an hour more than settings awarded ‘Good’. While in London, the difference between an ‘Outstanding’ setting and one with ‘Inadequate’ or ‘Requires Improvement’ was £2.58 per hour, demonstrating an obvious link between staff pay and quality of care.

The Family & Childcare Trust analysed hourly pay rates of job advertisements for nurseries in the private and voluntary sector across England, and compared them to the most recent Ofsted reports.

Liz Bayram, PACEY’s Chief Executive comments: “This report reinforces a clear need for recognition for the early years workforce and demonstrates that investing in staff directly affects the quality of care. At PACEY we believe a career in early years should not be a less well paid, lower status and less skilled job than working with older children. Practitioners need more support to achieve the all-important Level 3 qualification and beyond. While Early Years Teachers should be supported to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) so that they have access to the same pay and conditions as the wider teaching profession. After all the first few years of a child’s life are where you can make the most difference to their future wellbeing and success.”